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Face Presentation Attack Detection aka Anti-Spoofing



Prof. Sébastien Marcel

Prof. Sébastien Marcel

Head of Biometrics Security and Privacy group
Director of the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing
Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland


1630-1730, 05 Feb 2018


WLB109, Wing Lung Bank Building, Shaw Campus


In Biometrics, presentation attacks (also coined as spoofing) are now widely accepted to be of two kinds: impersonation, where the attacker attempts to impersonate the victim, and obfuscation, where the goal of the attacker is to avoid being recognised. The vulnerability of state-of-the-art face-recognition to presentation attacks (PA) have been already demonstrated and presentation attack detection (PAD) is now a growing research topic. In this talk we will review face PA techniques published in the literature, their vulnerability assessments and introduce several face PAD methods.


Dr Sébastien Marcel ( http://www.idiap.ch/~marcel — IEEE Senior Member ) received the Ph.D. degree in signal processing from Université de Rennes I in France (2000) at CNET, the research center of France Telecom (now Orange Labs). He is currently interested in pattern recognition and machine learning with a focus on biometrics security and privacy.

He is a senior researcher at the Idiap Research Institute ( http://www.idiap.ch/en ), where he heads the Biometrics Security and Privacy group ( http://www.idiap.ch/en/scientific-research/biometrics-security-and-privacy ) and conducts research on face recognition, speaker recognition, vein recognition and presentation attack detection (anti-spoofing). The Biometrics Security and Privacy group prioritizes reproducibility in research and make freely available the signal-processing and machine-learning toolbox Bob ( https://www.idiap.ch/software/bob/ ) and the BEAT platform ( https://www.beat-eu.org/platform/ ).

He is lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( https://www.epfl.ch ) where he is teaching on “Fundamentals in Statistical Pattern Recognition”.

He is VP Conferences of the IEEE Biometrics Council and Associate Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He was Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, a Co-editor of the “Handbook of Biometric Anti-Spoofing”, a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security Special Issue on “Biometric Spoofing and Countermeasures”, and Co-editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Special Issue on “Biometric Security and Privacy”.

He was the principal investigator of international research projects including MOBIO ( EU FP7 Mobile Biometry — http://www.mobioproject.org ), TABULA RASA ( EU FP7 Trusted Biometrics under Spoofing Attacks — http://www.tabularasa-euproject.org ) and BEAT ( EU FP7 Biometrics Evaluation and Testing — https://www.beat-eu.org ).

Finally he is the Director of the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing ( http://www.biometrics-center.ch ) at Idiap.